Adventurers Wanted Book 1

Slathbog's Gold

By M. L. Forman

General Questions for Discussion
1. What is courage?
Dictionary defines courage as “the quality of mind or spirit that enables a person to difficulty, danger, pain, etc., without ; bravery.” To have the courage of one's convictions, to in accordance with one's beliefs, especially in spite of criticism. Ask students how the define “courage” or ask them to name a courageous person and explain why they think that person displays courage.

2. What is honor?
Dictionary - honesty, fairness, or integrity in one's beliefs and actions; a source of credit or distinction; high respect, as for worth, merit, or rank. One could use the same format as the above question.

3. What does it feel like to have friends you would give your life for?
While students today are not always in harms way such as Alex, there are ways they can address this question. Organ donations, kidney/liver transplants, etc.

4. What role do fear and apprehension play when a person is faced with life-changing choices?

5. Why do so many people doubt their abilities to do things?
Students could be ask if there are things they don’t do because they just don’t think they’re good enough. Ask them why they feel that way or what could be done to get them over that feeling. Encourage them to take a step outside their comfort zone, even if it is just a small step. "Remember-doubts may check pride, but too much doubt will keep you from doing what must be done." -- Slathbog’s Gold

6. Slathbog’s Gold has been compared to The Hobbit, Eragon, and even The Lord of the Rings. Some of the comparisons are positive and some are negative. What do you think and why?

Other ideas . . .

Despite the fact that this book is fantasy, it has several “character” lessons in it. I’ve told our guidance counselor about it and suggested that she might use it with some of our students.

Use an “Adventurers Wanted” sign to bring readers to the Truman Award Nominee section of your library. Maybe use a map of some type (The one of Vargland is good, don‘t you think?) as a background for students to place their Truman book stickers on.

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